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Useful Links & Book List

Places & Interesting Sites

Scotland Info information on the islands plus links
Undiscovered Scotland general information
Visit Scotland the Scottish Tourist Board
Yacht Havens includes info on Troon and Marina
Oban Tourism Oban info plus web cam
Isle of Mull Tourism info on Mull plus interesting aerial photos
Tobermory Harbour site of the Tobermory Harbour Association
St Kilda Info St Kilda - World Heritage Site
Shiant Islands The Shiants - site put up by the Nicolson family who own the islands
Gigha the Gigha islanders' own site
Road to the Isles info on the Small Isles as well as Mallaig and Arisaig
Isle of Skye info on Skye
Visit Arran some pictures of Arran
HWDT Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
RSPB Scotland's wonderful birdlife
Shetland Info info and pictures on the Shetland Islands
Orkney Info info and pictures on Orkney
Faroe Islands Info info and pictures on the Faroe Islands

 

Travel

Calmac Ferries inter-island ferries plus some local info
Scotrail trains:
Glasgow/Oban (for Mull)
Inverness/Thurso (for Orkney)
London/ Aberdeen
Prestwick Airport Prestwick Airport and destinations
Glasgow Airport Glasgow Airport and destinations
Rya flights to Glasgow
Easyjet flights to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness
BA flights to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness
Loganair flights to Barra, Orkney and Shetland
Atlantic Airways flights to the Faroe Islands
Smyril-line ferries to Faroe and Iceland
HIAL Kirkwall Kirkwall Airport site
HIAL Stornoway Stornoway Airport site
Inverness Airport flights for Orkney, London and beyond
Aberdeen Airport flights for Orkney, London and beyond
Northlink Ferries ferry links to Orkney and Shetland
Citylink coach travel from Glasgow (including the airport) to Oban and from Inverness to Scrabster (for Orkney) and Ullapool (for Stornoway)
JOG Ferry Passenger ferry from John O’Groats to Orkney - possible to travel by coach-ferry-coach from Inverness to Kirkwall
Avanti West Coast trains to Glasgow via the West Coast line
LNER trains to Glasgow via the East Coast line
Pentland Ferries small car ferry from John O' Groats to Orkney
Visit Bodo good place to start planning travel to the Lofoten Islands
Ireland Tourism good place to start planning a trip to Ireland
Irish Tourism another good place to start planning travel to Ireland
Cork Airport includes onward connections
Cork Bus Timetable bus timetables from Cork Airport to Kinsale, Cahersiveen and Dingle

 

Weather, Tides & General

Easy Tide tidal predictions
Metoffice for Shipping and Inshore Waters Forecasts
Accuweather includes sailing weather for Prestwick and Oban
WeatherOnline the same but note the differences
XCWeather we have found this forecast to be reliable
RYA the Royal Yachting Association site
Oyster Yachts Oyster Yachts
High Latitudes Arctic sailing info and photos
MacSailing.net Find apps for the I-phone incl. Navionics


The following books will help get you into the spirit of the area – we keep some of them on the boat:

The Scottish Islands – A comprehensive guide to every Scottish Island
A large volume incorporating current day facts as well as history and anecdotes. Illustrated and very readable.
Author: Hamish Haswell-Smith
Publisher: Canongate

An Island Odyssey – Among the Scottish Isles in the Wake of Martin Martin
By the same author and publisher, a beautifully illustrated quick tour through a number of islands including the Shiants, St Kilda, the Small Isles, Staffa, Gigha and Sanda.

The Hebrides – a guide to the islands of Western Scotland
Author: Martin Coventry
Publisher: Goblin’s Head

An eye on the Hebrides – an illustrated journey
Author: Mairi Hedderwick
Publisher: Canongate

Scottish Island Hopping
Author: H Andrews and others
Publisher: Polygon

The Yachtsman’s Pilot
Sailing Directions in four volumes covering from the Mull of Galloway to Cape Wrath and including the Mainland coast and all the islands – lots of photographs, sketches etc.
Author: Martin Lawrence
Publisher: Imray

The Brendan Voyage
In a leather boat from Ireland to North America via Iona, the Outer Hebrides, Faroe and Iceland.
Author: Tim Severin
Publisher: Gill and Macmillan

The Lighthouse Stevensons
Four generations of this family, which included Robert Louis Stevenson of “Kidnapped” fame, built every lighthouse around Scotland.
Author: Bella Bathurst
Publisher: Harper Perennial

Sea Room
Owning and caring for the uninhabited Shiant Island in the Minch
Author: Adam Nicolson
Publisher: Harper Collins

and by the same author, The Seabird's Cry
A remarkable and moving profile of ten seabirds, their individuality, travels and fight for survival.